car import into NZ
interesting reading. I imported a classic September last year from california without any hiccups. On the contrary it was smooth sailing all the way.
Like Pete mentioned in his article it was important to me that the shipper you use is reliable, trustworthy and has a good relationship with all parties involved. But even more important is that they can off-load the container at their premises. This is crucial in my opinion, to avoid damage, and this way you are only dealing with the shipper and all agencies like MPI etc will come to the shipper warehouse to inspect and by doing so no fork lift machinery involved.
About ten years ago we imported another car from California were we did not use this system resulting in damage done to the exhaust system by idiots using forklifts to move the car around. It took much longer and because the car sits somewhere in a warehouse you do not know what is going on for weeks/ months at the time.
so long story short it can still be an easy process but you have to choose you shipping company wisely and that they can off load at their premise with all inspections, fumigation dome at their site.
Same applies later on choosing you certifier, it can be smooth or extremely difficult and expensive. choose carefully!!
Lotus Elan plus two 1969, Alfa giulietta spider 1960, Lancia Appia saloon 1957
Lancia Fulvia Sport 1969